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Most Humble Greetings Sensei!

I am the proud new owner of an LG gas dryer (Model #DLG5966) and am attempting to make the conversion to propane.  It has been unevntful thus far, but I have run into a snag.

Sears sold me the kit with the dryer, but the instructions are obviously meant for the people who do this every day. 

There are four steps:
  1. Dissassemble Dryer
  2. Replace Orifice
  3. Adjust Gas Valve
  4. Re-assemble Dryer
Easy...right?  :D

Well, I found a service manual on-line and was able to remove the front panel and gain access to the valve.  It was also fairly simple to remove the NG orifice and replace with the Propane orifice.

The "gotcha" is with the valve.  The photo on the instructions says I need to adjust the "change valve", which appears to be a large white plastic screw sticking out of the top.  According to the instructions, "Open" is Natural Gas and "Closed" is Propane.  The problem is that it won't budge.   It also appears to have some kind of blue liquid painted on it.  (Loctite maybe?!)

Anyway, the screw is plastic and I don't want to really bear down on it for fear of it breaking.  I also don't understand why they would put thread locker on somethihg that might need to be adjusted in the field.  Is there a trick to it?

Have any of you wise repairmen come across this?  I am in the home stretch and just need your humble wisdom!!


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Trying to check the service manual but that model number is for a Washer...



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Pegi wrote:
Trying to check the service manual but that model number is for a Washer...


Must be one o' them new-fangled combination washer-dryers. ;)



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ACK!

My first post and already I have broken the Ten Commandments.

I purchased both and posted the wrong one.  :oops:


The correct model is #DLG5966.


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Could be, however I see he edited his post with the correct dryer model number...going to check to see if it is complete....so my post makes no sense now...:?



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I beat ya by one minute.  ;)

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Manual just shows screwing that down all of the way...no clue what that blue stuff might be??



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I know!  Sounds easy right?

I must be doing something wrong.  Maybe there is a hidden locknut or something.

This is all that stands between me and dry clothes.  :P


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Crank it! It'll bust loose with some pressure. I was fearful with my first one as well, I don't know why they need to have this thing so tight either.



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Will do!

Any tips on getting in there?  I guess you have to use a stubby screwdriver unless you remove the drum.  Such a tight fit!


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I have this little Craftsman right-angle ratchet screwdriver with changeable tips. The big flat one does a nice job on that screw.



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Cool.  One last question...how far down do I turn it? 

See the silver nut on the screw shaft?  Do I screw the nut down flush or move the nut to the top and make the white screw top flush?

Thanks!


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From LG's Training Manual:

"Notice there is a nut on the adjustment screw. This nut is secured to the thread with a sealing compound. The nut is pre-positioned to the place the valve would be properly adjusted for LP. It’s purpose is to provide a shoulder for positioning the adjustment screw if the dryer is converted from natural gas to propane."

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Perfect...that is exactly what I needed to know.  You guys are fantastic. 

It also explains the threadlocker.  It appears they put on too much as it has dripped down into the valve body as well.   This may be fun. 

Anyway...thanks!

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Well, armed with the proper tool & knowledge it took all of 60 seconds to adjust the valve. 

Now to do a little gas line plumbing and test!



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UPDATE:

OK!  The gas line is hooked up, leak tested and the dryer is operational.   It is definitely getting hot, but the burner sounds funny.  Instead of a constant quiet "roar" like the previous dryer or my gas water heater, it sounds like it is uneven or "sputtering"...like a gas BBQ grill does when it is windy.  Does this sound normal?  Should I even worry about it?


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I have heard the noise you describe, it seems to be normal. I'd remove the top panel and have a look at the color of the flame while operating normally. (You stop proper airflow when the front panel is removed on these.) Turn off all the lights in the room and you should get an idea of how it's working. Could also be some air in the line or a bad regulator upstream.



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I've read through the discussion on converting an LG DLG5966G to LP. Looks like this will save me quite a bit of time. I haven't started yet but do have one question. How do you get to the gas control valve and what all needs to come off to get there?

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You practically have to take the whole dang dryer apart!  From the back you remove the plate and pop the entire top off.  That gives you access so that you can remove the control panel and then the entire front panel.  Then you can gain access to the valve at the bottom.

BTW, months later it still makes the same sputtering noise, but no soot/CO2 or other issues.  It's working great!

 

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as long as the house is still standing your good.

Thanks for the input, I can hardly wait to disassemble my new dryer.

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